We wanted to share a letter from Attack Poverty's CEO, Brandon Baca.
It is our calling to advocate for and serve the poor.
Over the past month or so, I have been on a journey thinking about some critical realities in our culture. I want to believe this passage:
“The poor will see and be glad - you who seek God, may your hearts live! The Lord hears the needy, and does not despise his captive people.” Psalms 69:32-33
However, did you know,
- 1.3 million students are enrolled in ISD’s in the Greater Houston Area and 17% will not finish high school with a diploma
- 68% of people in prison do not have a high school diploma
- In order to obtain a basic paying job that leads to a career, one must at least have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
- 20% of households in TX are food insecure
- The majority of the neighborhoods we serve in everyday are considered food deserts.
“Poverty is about brokenness – If it was about stuff or money - we would have solved the issue a long time ago.”
Some people may think, ”Why does this matter? It’s not everyone. We are doing pretty good.” Maybe the better, more appropriate question is, “Why is this so?”
As people of faith, it should matter to us that these realities are so. There are a host of scriptures that support the mandate for us to care about the poor and marginalized.
“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7
“How blessed is the one who treats the poor properly.” Psalm 41:1
In this season, we continue to learn what is required of each one of us as we move forward.
Poverty is about brokenness – If it was about stuff or money - we would have solved the issue a long time ago. This is a complex web of realities that involves us all to re-weave a tapestry that beautifully mimics the heart of God and the blessing of Shalom – wholeness.
We must consider our own brokenness – look within.
We must lock arms and do the work – there is work to do.
We must call others to join us – We need to be catalysts for community transformation.
We must have HOPE.
We are awakening potential and provoking transformation for the poor in new ways during a season where it seems impossible.
We are not going back, we are moving forward.
As we courageously move forward, join us as we focus on our priorities, work the plan, and move forward – doing this all as an act of commitment and worship to God.
I love you, we are better together!
Hope is rising,